Bolsa de Pós-Doutoramento (m/f) (30-05-16)

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Reference: ICETA 2016-48

One post-doctoral fellowship (Reference ICETA 2016-48) is opened at CIBIO-InBIO, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., (FCT) Project “ARCHAIC – The archaeogenetics of Iberian cattle: investigating their origins, evolution and improvement” (PTDC/CVT-LIV/2827/2014).

Main research field: Biological sciences

Scientific areas: Biological Sciences / Archaeogenetics

Admission requirements:
The post-doc fellowship is suitable for candidates of any nationality holding a PhD degree in biology, genetics, animal science or related fields. The candidate must have research experience in genetics, including laboratory skills in DNA extraction, sequencing and genotyping of molecular markers. It is desirable that the candidate has experience in ancient DNA methodologies (or in the genetic analysis of degraded specimens) and in preparation of DNA libraries for next-generation sequencing. Analysis of genetic data and bioinformatics knowledge will be valued. The candidate is expected to be able to work independently, to show initiative, perseverance and to have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent speaking and written knowledge of English is required. A proven publication track record is required.

Project overview and workplan:
The candidate will work in collaboration with the other team members to achieve the objectives of the project. Iberian domestic animal breeds show a vast range of morphological and genetic variation. This is due to strong artificial selection, however what fraction results from local domestication and/or post-domestication introgression from wild ancestors has not been investigated. The major aim of the ARCHAIC project is to perform a phylochronological study, by using cutting-edge molecular biology methods, to capture ancestral variation and to unveil the origins and modes of improvement of Iberian and North African cattle. A multidisciplinary approach – merging zooarchaeology and genomics – will be employed, which is critical to capture the temporal and geographical dimensions of the history that shaped the genetic composition of cattle.
The selected candidate will collaborate with zooarchaeologists to collect Bos specimens for ancient DNA (aDNA) analysis, and will be responsible for extracting aDNA from archaeological specimens (i.e. bones and teeth), for preparing genomic libraries for next-generation shotgun and targeted sequencing. The candidate will have an active role in the statistical analysis of the genetic data collected and in drafting manuscripts for publication. The aDNA analyses will be conducted in dedicated facilities offered by foreign partners (e.g. AFL-Stockholm University), thus the candidate must be available to travel and live abroad for up to 6 months. The candidate will participate in informal meetings among project partners. Participation in national and international seminars is also expected.

Archaeogenetics; phylochronology; domestication; hybridization; animal improvement

Legislation framework:
A fellowship contract will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT “Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources”, in accordance with Law 40/2004, of 18 August, as amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 202/2012 of 27 August, and as amended by Decree-Law No. 233/2012 of 29 October and by Law No. 12/2013, of 29 January, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of 9 July, to Fellowships Regulation of FCT (, and to Fellowships Regulation of ICETA approved by FCT.

Work place:
The work will be mainly conducted at CIBIO-InBIO Campus Agrário de Vairão, Portugal under the scientific supervision of Doctor Catarina Ginja.

The duration of the fellowship is 12 months, renewable up to a maximum of two years.

Monthly stipend is €1495 according to the stipends established by FCT, I.P. in Portugal ( Payment will be made by bank transfer on a monthly basis. During the time spent in a foreign laboratory travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the project. The grant holder will have a personal accident insurance and, if not covered by any social protection scheme can ensure the right to social security through adherence to the voluntary social insurance scheme, pursuant to Código dos Regimes Contributivos do Sistema Previdencial de Segurança Social.

The call for applications is open between 08/06/2016 and 22/06/2016 (24:00 GMT).
Applications must be submitted by email to with the fellowship reference in the subject area, and the following documents attached:
a.       Curriculum vitae (including a publication list and other relevant information in the context of the project research goals);
b.      Motivation Letter (including a brief description of research experience and how it relates to the project, and why the candidate is suitable for the announced position);
c.       Indication of two references and their contact information
d.      Certificate copies of academic degrees (the candidates selected for an interview must present the original certificates).

The candidates that fail to include all these documents in their application will not be considered for evaluation.

Selection criteria:
The jury panel will select the best candidate based on his/her merit, through the analysis of:
·         Overall appreciation of the Curriculum Vitae, particularly the publication record (50%);
·         Specific experience in research projects related to the call (40%);
·         Motivation letter (10%)

The best candidates (up to 5) will be invited for an interview (30%), in person or by videoconference, to establish the final ranking. If the candidates do not fulfill the required quality standards the jury might decide not to award the fellowship.

Jury Panel:
Chair – Catarina Ginja, and other members of the panel: Ana Elisabete Pires, Simon Davis and Lucia Perez-Pardal (substitute).

Results announcement:
Candidates will be directly informed by email about the result of their application. The ranking of the candidates will be published at a visible and public area of ICETA facilities at Praça Coronel Pacheco, nº 15 6º andar, 4050-453 Porto.

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